GDB 46: Hello, Robert Nilsson!

Jason Gregor
January 20 2009 01:02PM

For the second straight game, the Oilers offence will get a boost; the fog has lifted and Robert Nilsson will play tonight with Gagner and Cole. Nilsson skated hard yesterday, and was cautious about a return tonight, but after the morning skate he was smiling and excited to play with his father in the rink tonight.

Nilsson’s return means a shuffle: Reddox is off the second line, and based on practice he might be in the pressbox tonight. Reddox and Strudwick were the last two off the ice at the morning skate, normally a sign that they won’t play tonight. The problem with that theory is that Strudwick has been the last player off on game day many times, yet still laced them up that night.

Reddox, Brule, Strudwick and MacIntyre are the options to flank Brodziak, and none of the players were saying who was playing. I would lean towards MacIntyre and Brule being in tonight.

Hall & Oates

Many of you were stunned watching the Oilers, specifically Ethan Moreau, clapping in unison to Private Eyes, after their win against Phoenix. Veteran Strudwick explains the reasoning behind this song:

Strudwick: First off, I really liked the '80s. There was lots of good music produced, synthesizers and bad hair were a good combination. As far as Hall and Oates, we're searching for a song and right now that seems to be the go-to after the game. I like the song a lot and I think we should stick with it.

Gregor: Is it because of the clapping sequence, the unison factor?

Strudwick: We had tried harder clapping sequence, but not everyone could get it, but now this song there is only three claps every two minutes so we can keep the pace.

Gregor: You’ve been around the league a long time -- are there any other songs that were this team-building-ish.

Strudwick: Most teams after a win play the same song. Last year in New York we had a song by Eminem -- Shake Your Ass -- not sure if you are familiar with it, but it is quite a good number. The other year we had Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, which was Jagr’s song. We’ve had quite the potpourri of music.

Moreau kicking out Pouliot

Many of you thought Moreau was a horrible leader for waving Pouliot out of the dot a few games ago, so I asked him why?

“I take it because then Cogs can stay on the left side, where he is more comfortable, and not go on the right. Really, Poulie and I laugh about it when we look at one another to see who will take it. It isn’t a big deal at all, but the main reason is so that Cogs can stay on the left where he is more comfortable.”

I asked Pouliot his thoughts on it, and if he felt being a centre he should take the draw.

“Cogs hates the right side, so it is easier for Chop (Moreau) to take the draw. If he loses it I bug him hard that I should take it next time, but we laugh about it. When he waved me out it was because Cogs yelled at him to take it so he could stay on the left. I don’t think it is a big deal, other than I can bug him if he loses it.”

Garon and contract

To clarify whether Garon got a contract offer from the team this summer, I made a phone call. Garon said he had never spoken to the Oilers about an extension, while I was told a few months back there was an offer.

The truth is that Garon’s camp called the Oilers about an extension in the summer, and the Oilers said they would look at it during the season. So Garon never turned down an extension, but they did have contact with the Oilers about it. This according to Kevin Prendergast.

My original source was correct that talks had occurred, but it was, in fact, the Garon camp that started them not the Oilers.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#201 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:11PM
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I doubt we'll see Big Mac again but maybe 1 punch Penner or Slammin Souray can get even for Roli

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#202 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:12PM
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Did he just call Gagner offside in his own zone?

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#203 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:13PM
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time to get it done.

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#204 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:13PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

You... Poor... Bastard. You must move to Oil country. What ever it is you dou for a living, we can find you some work out here.

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#205 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:13PM
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My opinion only but I think it's do or die time on the PP

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#206 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:14PM
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nice one gags.

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#207 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 09:15PM
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This Gagner learning curve is starting to bother me.

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#208 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:15PM
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What was Visnovsky doing there? Oh sure give it to Gagner to shoot. He has a canon.

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#209 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:15PM
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Nice!!!!!!

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#210 chrisinbanff
January 20 2009, 09:15PM
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YES!

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#211 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:16PM
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I FREAKING LOVE THAT PLAY!

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#212 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:16PM
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HELL YEAH HEMSKY!!!

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#213 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:16PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

That Ales Hemsky is some kind of awesome.

I know!!!!!

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#214 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 09:16PM
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Ales Hemsky: clutch player?

I think the answer is yes.

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#215 OilerInPurgatory
January 20 2009, 09:16PM
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BAA! Grebeshkov!

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#216 Ender the Dragon
January 20 2009, 09:17PM
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Wayne, your goat is wearing a cape tonight!

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#217 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:18PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Ales Hemsky: clutch player? I think the answer is yes.

Oh Hell Yeah!!

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#218 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:20PM
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I hate the west division=so close everybody from 4th to 10th is even!!

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#219 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!

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#220 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Hemmer!!!!!!

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#221 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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I Want to hug someone right now

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#222 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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Unbelievable.

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#223 chrisinbanff
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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Maybe they should give Hemsky a concussion every year.

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#224 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: Ales Hemsky: clutch player? I think the answer is yes. Oh Hell Yeah!!
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#225 OilerInPurgatory
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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I'd take Hemsky on the NYI Yashin contract. Yep. Well, maybe.

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#226 Ender the Dragon
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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What a freakin' hero that Hemsky is! Who the hell would trade this guy for Lecavlier? No WAY!

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#227 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:21PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

I Want to hug someone right now

Dude I hate to sound gay but I'm huggin you now!!

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#228 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:22PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Travis Dakin wrote: That Ales Hemsky is some kind of awesome. I know!

I know!!!!!!!! HOLY HELL DO I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!

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#229 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:23PM
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YAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! 2-points when 0 was on the horizon!!

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#230 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:23PM
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Can Staios do anything but wire it around the boards?

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#231 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:23PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Cory Dakin wrote: I Want to hug someone right now Dude I hate to sound gay but I’m huggin you now!!

I'm making it a party now

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#232 chrisinbanff
January 20 2009, 09:23PM
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*clap clap*

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#233 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 09:23PM
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Hemsky makes me tingle hehe

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#234 OilerInPurgatory
January 20 2009, 09:24PM
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I think this karmically compensates for choking up the game in Columbus on that long early-season road trip.

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#235 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:24PM
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@ R-DAWG: It's not gay when it's related to the oilers right? I think that's a saying.. If it's not, it is now

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#236 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:24PM
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Clap! Clap!!!

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#237 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:25PM
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freeze wrote:

alright, time for the oil to show some confidence and perseverance.

done and done.

thanks to Roli for lighting a fire under the team's @ss.

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#238 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:25PM
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Now on to the other important games, where the Red Wings suddenly can't beat the Coyotes, and the Sharks are losing at home... What the hell?

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#239 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:25PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Private Eyes
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#240 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:26PM
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Hemsky freakin rules infinity x 2...even when he's off it pays to keep him because of his extreme talent... misses 10 games and quickly gets 6 points!!

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#241 chrisinbanff
January 20 2009, 09:27PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

Now on to the other important games, where the Red Wings suddenly can’t beat the Coyotes, and the Sharks are losing at home… What the hell?

Blame the goalies. Conklin is back to his Stanley Cup Finals form and the Canucks only got two shots in the 1st and scored on one.

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#242 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 09:27PM
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As of right now, the Oilers are tied for 5th in the NHL, with games in hand on everyone.

Of course, Phoenix will probably win tonight, and the Canucks could too, but this is the best the team has looked all season.

And Ales Hemsky is clearly a dominant talent. Staples - if you're listening, he'd better get a "10" for tonight's effort.

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#243 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:28PM
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Cory,Travis you guys brothers??...(Night @ the Roxbury set-up).

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#244 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:28PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Hemsky freakin rules infinity x 2…even when he’s off it pays to keep him because of his extreme talent… misses 10 games and quickly gets 6 points!!

He is still going to score 90!

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#245 Cam
January 20 2009, 09:28PM
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I love Hemsky... he's... he's... ahhh... there's no words....

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#246 freeze
January 20 2009, 09:28PM
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now playing: Private Eyes

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#247 Cam
January 20 2009, 09:29PM
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Clap Clap

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#248 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:29PM
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@ R-DAWG: No....... YES!

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#249 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 09:30PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

@ R-DAWG: No……. YES!

Gets me everytime!!

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#250 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 09:30PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Cory,Travis you guys brothers??…(Night @ the Roxbury set-up).

Actually yes. He is at his house down the street from me. I have been spreading the word of the nation. There is a tonne of guys form the Mac on here now.

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